Meading at the Garden 2023

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Meading at the Garden 2023


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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 1270 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084

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  • 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The 8th Annual Meading at the Garden is being held on APRIL 1, 2023 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. This year the event falls on April Fool's Day, so come be a fool with us and have some fun!! As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. General Admission begins at 12pm. VIP Admission begins at 10:45am. Admission includes one (1) taster glass and two(2 ) drink tickets. Admission does *NOT* include unlimited taster pours. Each guest receives two drink tickets with admission and must purchase additional tickets at AVBG ticket kiosks located throughout the festival. Each drink ticket can be redeemed for one (1) 12oz Beer/Seltzer or one (1) 6oz Mead/Cider/Wine.

The largest mead festival on the west coast, Meading at the Garden features over 30 meaderies, cideries, and breweries. Come join hundreds of mead enthusiasts, homebrewers, afficianados, and local residents to sample modern versions of the world's oldest fermented beverage -- Mead! There will also be plenty of beer on hand from some of SoCal's finest breweries. Enjoy food from local restaurants and eateries!! Listen to live music! Win raffle prizes! Check out the meadmaking demonstration and honey tasting!

Join us for a very special gourmet Hawaiian-themed VIP Mead Pairing*** at 11AM! Enjoy a delicious 6-course luau gourmet pairing featuring primer, starter, appetizer, entree, dessert, and apertif. Mead Made Mod and Chef Samantha from The Privateer will be on hand for a guided pairing of modern Hawaiian cuisine and mead. Explore gourmet creations as we present a complete "buried" menu pairing. ***VIP ticket required for entry to the luau mead pairing.

Enjoy live music on the main stage with talented local bands.

Explore the renaissance of the Viking Village. This viking-themed mini-village features axe-throwing, live blacksmithing and leatherworking.

Buy raffle tickets and win valuable merchandise! With dozens of prizes donated by breweries, homebrewers, meadmakers, and local establishments, the raffle is your ticket to valuable goods. With every raffle and drink ticket purchase, you directly support the gardens! Your donation helps pay for much-needed improvements and maintenance, education, and natural resources like water and power.

Experience meadmaking firsthand at the mead brewing demonstration with the North County Homebrewers Association. Experience honey up close! There are periodic honey tastings throughout the day from Temecula Valley Honey Company. Check out the live bee hive presented by The San Diego Beekeepers Society.

Enjoy many other fun activities including an Easter egg hunt, plant sale, and much more!

Prohibited Items:

No illegal or illicit substances.

No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives and self defense sprays

No flammable items including aerosols and fireworks

No open containers of any kind. Sealed water bottles are permitted.

No markers, pens or spray paint

No bottles, cans, canteens, flasks, thermos, or coolers.

No bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles other than authorized handicapped transportation equipment.

No drones or unmanned aerial vehicles

No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability. “Comfort,” “therapy” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal and are not permitted entry to the festival.

No water guns, squirt guns, nerf guns, or any other projectile launchers.

No noisemakers or air horns

No professional cameras or professional video and audio recording equipment, camera poles, or selfie-sticks.

No confetti, streamers or loose glitter (wearable cosmetics are acceptable)

Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of security officials.

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